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“Sisters in Spirit” day proclaimed by Lethbridge City Council

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Lethbridge City Council has made a proclamation, declaring October 4th as “Sisters in Spirit Day.”

The aim is to honour and remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Lethbridge.

The motion was brought forward by City Councillor Belinda Crowson. She says the fact of the matter is Indigenous women and girls are 16 times more likely to be murdered or go missing than most others.

“When we uplift the most vulnerable in our community and when we reach out and support each other, it makes the community better for everyone,” says Crowson. “So it doesn’t matter who you are and where you come from, we need to all support each other and make a better future for everyone.”

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The local Sisters in Spirit organizing committee has been working for the past 13 years to try and raise awareness of the issue.

Amanda Scout, a member of the Sisters in Spirit Planning Committee, says this proclamation is hugely significant. “It really feels good to have that official recognition and it’s important too.”

Scout notes there are a lot of southern Alberta families affected by this. “This (proclamation) just acknowledges that our leadership in the city knows this is really important and it’s an important step to reconciliation.”

October 4th also coincides with Amnesty International’s Sisters in Spirit Vigil. There will also be a march from City Hall to Galt Gardens with a vigil to take place in the park that evening.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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